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Prom night [Jun. 3rd, 2006|06:04 pm]
Zoethe
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Once again, I am reminded that, were it not for my fondness of...well, guy parts, I would be a perfect candidate for hardcore butch. Most of this time, that's not really a problem; I like getting my hands dirty, doing projects, clomping around in my jeans and sneakers.

But then a night like this comes along, and I am brought up short by my staggering inability to be a girl. And by what? The simple act of painting my nails.

You see, it's prom night. catvalente never got to go to her prom, so for her birthday this year grailquestion, justbeast, and a cast of other friends are throwing her a prom. Froofy dresses, 90s music, spiked punch, and general promi-ness galore.

Thanks to the fact that I've gained back a few pounds, I have a froofy dress. Otherwise, Cinderella would have had no dress for the ball (see, everything has an upside). But now that I'm trying to get ready, I'm freaking out. I am terrible at makeup, and the bright purple glitter of my fingers and toes will demand that I just keep boogeying so no one can actually focus on the quality of the workmanship. (If it was red, I could tell people that we'd assisted at an accident and I'd been putting compression on an artery. It would at least give me an excuse.)

And the dress is a little too big, and I am afraid that I will just look stupid and everyone else will have better dresses than me. I'm a bundle of insecurity, sitting here in my undies, waiting for my nails to dry sufficiently for the next step in getting ready.

Wow, is that prom, or what?
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[User Picture]From: jcatquince
2006-06-03 10:23 pm (UTC)
You'll be fine. This is not high school, and the point of the party is to have fun, and be silly. Relax, take a deep breath, chill, and laugh a little.

I hope you have a blast!



P.S. Don't forget how proms usually end. Good luck scoring after the party. *wink*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-04 03:15 pm (UTC)
And I did have a blast, dancing until 1am, but we're so damned old there was only collapsing in a heap when we got home.

Luckily, scoring had happened earlier in the day. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: ladyhawke_wings
2006-06-03 10:24 pm (UTC)
*giggle* Don't forget the cheezy photos!

(and I'm sure you'll look gorgeous!)
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[User Picture]From: springdew
2006-06-03 10:25 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem with the nails painting. And the boyfriend mentioned just yesterday that somewhere there's a woman trucker in flannel all for me, as I was pulling the spare tire out of the trunk to swap it out with the one that picked up a screw.

You'll be lovely and have fun. What the other people think won't matter, so it'll be moot, but they'll enjoy hanging out with the fun-having lovely person you are.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2006-06-03 10:31 pm (UTC)
I paint my nails myself when I'm using beige or transparent varnish. Otherwise, I go to a pro. In Manhattan, you can find places that'll do it for under 10 bucks. Surely they exist in Cleveland?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-04 03:17 pm (UTC)
Yes, but you need appointments, and time, and I was doing homework all day, playing "beat the clock" so I didn't have time.

In the end, they weren't so bad. And we had a great time.
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[User Picture]From: miintikwa
2006-06-03 10:33 pm (UTC)
*hug* I can so relate. I am clutz central, and though I can clean up nice, I inevitably end up with a ruined pair of stockings, nailpolish all over everywhere, and makeup smears.

Hence, I have tricks! If you have nailpolish remover and some q-tips, put the remover on the q-tips and use it to remove it from where ever it's not supposed to be. :)

*hugs*
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From: going_not_gone
2006-06-03 10:40 pm (UTC)
Insecurity about your appearance is just part of the quintessential prom experience, I think, so don't worry about it too much--you'll get there and it'll be fun.

Of course I wouldn't know, since I didn't get asked to my prom....*pout*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-04 03:18 pm (UTC)
This was my first prom, too, having never been asked. I think it was way more fun than actual prom would have been!
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[User Picture]From: fortuna_juvat
2006-06-03 10:44 pm (UTC)
I swear, there's a sect of females that get taken aside during school and put in a class that teaches them how to do the expected girly stuff.

Aside from being able to do the towel-on-the head thing (which I believe is encoded on that second X chromosome), I fail. I go to the hair salon before special events to get a blow-dry because that "shiny/voluminous/sleek" look that some women can do with a blowdryer still mystifies me.
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[User Picture]From: gardenwaltz
2006-06-04 03:42 am (UTC)
my husband is in awe of my towel skills and refers to it as 'towelgami'. i have tried to explain how easy it is, but i suspect he doesn't want to know.

and oh yes, seriously lacking in the girl genes here except if i do have an event to go to i MUST have the perfect dress and shoes. it's rather disorienting even to me.

to balance this out, i am seriously oversensitive to makeup and never wear it.
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[User Picture]From: roniliquidity
2006-06-03 10:56 pm (UTC)
Don't make me dig out my prom pictures to make you feel better. I had a Purple Curl Pom-pom atop my and an iridescent blue sequined dress.* I looked like a drag-queen disco ball.**

* Black was in that year, so I just HAD to be different. I suceeded.

** I think this was the last time I had my Mom be my clothes shopping backup.

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[User Picture]From: batshua
2006-06-04 12:45 pm (UTC)
Bwaha. I'd *love* to see pictures of that!
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2006-06-03 10:58 pm (UTC)
Is there a bottle of TJ Swan in the glove compartment? :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-04 03:23 pm (UTC)
Popov. Which was used to spike the punch. Which was already spiked.

It kicked back.
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2006-06-03 10:59 pm (UTC)
Also, we require photos. :)
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[User Picture]From: candiedheart
2006-06-03 11:10 pm (UTC)
Shoot, my friends think I am the biggest girly girl in the world- I can do makeup well, and my toe-nails are always perfect.

That's because I have my friend Mr. q-tip. Mr. Q-tip quickly unsmears makeup (with either a bit of water or spit), and with a little bit of nail polish remover, your toes will look perfect.

Photos??? yes.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-04 03:23 pm (UTC)
She does indeed. And we did indeed.
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[User Picture]From: queenof_sarcasm
2006-06-03 11:33 pm (UTC)
Have a great time at prom!

Don't worry, mangling your nails if you do them yourself is a given. My prom was three weeks ago, and I just prayed that no one would look closely at my french manicure.
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[User Picture]From: ithildae
2006-06-04 01:09 am (UTC)
Just have fun! Oddly enough, my daughters need me to do makeup and polish when they want it done, _quietude_ never learned how (One of the major things that attracted me to her.) I, on the other hand, have done several theater productions and can do makeup. I am also enough of a perfectionist that nails are not a problem, if I am doing someone elses. (I never tried doing mine, it never occurred to me...)

I am busting with pride that all my daughters can work power tools and fix stuff on cars. Looking frilly you can buy, doing useful work you need to earn. Sounds like your priorities are in order.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-04 03:25 pm (UTC)
Your daughters sound like they rock.
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[User Picture]From: adjust_56
2006-06-04 01:09 am (UTC)

I'm a bundle of insecurity,

You are so cute.......I know what you mean though, I have to go get my nails done cuase I can't do them.....but no matter what the package looks like ( and I know you'll look beautiful!) it's the gem inside that counts, and there baby you shine!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2006-06-04 03:26 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm a bundle of insecurity,

Aw, thanks. It was loads of fun.
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